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We run open water swimming sessions at Haysden Lake in the summer months for you to experience open water swimming; we also have wetsuits available for members to hire/borrow. The Club is affiliated to the ASA. To join the 7Oaks Tri Swimming club to be eligible for ASA registered competition swimming download the form here and follow the instructions within.
Happy training , Regards Sally and Ness
7oaks tri club Swimming Etiquette
In order to ensure that all members get maximum benefit (and enjoyment!) from the swimming sessions we would ask that all adhere to the following simple rules:
- · Show respect for the coach by arriving on time to start with the other swimmers in your lane. If you do arrive late, avoid disruption by starting your swim at the same point the others have reached in the set.
- · Don’t talk to fellow swimmers while the coach is talking as this makes it more difficult for other swimmers to hear the coaches instructions.
- · If you’re rigorous about getting into genuine speed order at the beginning of each major set, you’ll spread out and get more, not less, space as you work through it. Don’t assume the order will always be the same (we all have good and bad days and are good at different things) and be prepared to change order on a set-by-set or repeat-by-repeat basis if necessary. Don’t assume you have to maintain your position in the same lane every training evening at all costs. Also don’t assume to swim in the same lane each session, it will vary depending on if there are a greater number of slower or faster swimmers for that session.
- · On every repeat use the training clocks to leave a sufficient gap behind the swimmer in front. The default gap is 5 seconds, which if you average 40 seconds per 50m means that 7 swimmers (much more than we’d like!) could fit in the lane before there was an overlap on the first 50m.
- · If you’ve left a 5 second gap and still caught up, then you’re definitely going faster than the swimmer in front! So on the next repeat suggest that you go ahead. Don’t put it off –there may be others queuing up behind you. Of course, the more variation in swimmers’ speeds in the same lane, and the longer the swim, the greater likelihood of overlaps.
- · On long repeats (200m and up), the likelihood of either catching someone up or lapping someone in the middle of the swim is obviously greater. Always keep an eye on the other swimmers, and if someone’s reached your feet in the middle of a long repeat, let them by (at the end of the length you’re on) by going into the corner of the lane. Don’t stop halfway down the length if you can help it; it invariably causes a massive jam.If you’ve caught someone and you don’t think they’ve spotted you, tap them on the toes so that they know you’re there and they should let you pass at the end of the length. If your toes are tapped stop in the corner at the end of the lane and let them pass.
- · If you're being passed, or need to stop for any reason, go into the corner of the lane on the side you're already on and let the swimmer behind complete their turn before you push off. Don't cross in front of them before stopping.
- · When you are turning at the end of the length, be aware of others swimmers and try and stay on your own side of the lane when you push off the wall.
- · Sometimes lanes may be crowded. Remember to leave room for others at the end of the lane so they too can swim the full distance and not have to stop short as you haven't left enough room for them.
Please remember this is training, not racing. Please do check on the set sheets at what effort the set needs to be completed at. The more the training sessions are followed (including slower/recovery swims) the greater your training benefit.
Great swimming at the pool last night. Nearly every lane hit the tough split times we asked for.
A couple of people asked for links to video of good swimmers.
There are many, many examples. Here’s the one British Triathlon use as an example. Jono van Hazel. I think Tom would probably say he’s ok too.
This weeks Swim Sets are here:
Dave will be leading the Wednesday session again as part of his BTF Coaching Training. This will be the 2nd of 5 sessions on the theme of "Transition to Open Water" and will include some drafting drills and a longish swim.
Some really great work in the pool last night. Chapeau to everyone there who put in such a solid effort on the 30 minute continuous swim.
Here are the average distances and 50m splits for each lane. I took 50m splits for someone of middle speed in each lane in turn. It worked out that Split 1 was between 0-8mins, Split 2 8-16mins, Split 3 16-24mins and Split 4 24mins to the end. I didn't quite get time to do the 4th split for lanes 5 and 6.
Lane Distance (m) time/100m Split 1 Split 2 Split 3 Split 4
This weeks Swim Sets are here:
For the next 5 Wednesdays Dave will be leading the sessions as part of his BTF Coaching Training.
The 5 sessions are on the theme of "Transition to Open Water" and will include some longer sets, sighting, deep water start and drafting drills.
In January Tom published the Annual Swimming Plan for the club. We all have different race schedules, different constraints and different levels of interest in structuring our training. It would not be practical to create 150+ individual training plans to meet everyone's individual needs. The In Season Maintenance phase is intended to keep a good level and to provide a baseline for members to adapt for their own race schedule.
We would like to update you on plans for Lake Swimming at Haysden for this year.
After the tragic events at Leybourne last year, and subsequent requests from the Council regarding our procedures, it became clear we could no longer continue to run swimming at Haysden as we had done for many years.
Swim coach Tom has drawn up the annual plan for 2016 for swimmers with the club. It should outline the aims and goals of the sessions and make us all better swimmers.
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Swimming Dates for Christmas
Last Walthamstow Hall swim Wed 16th Dec. No more swimming at Wally Hall until the 6th Jan 2016.
Last Sevenoaks Leisure Centre swim is Tues 22nd Dec. No swimming at Leisure centre until Tues 5th Jan 2016.
Last Sevenoaks School swim Sunday 20th Dec 5.30-7 pm until January 10th 2016.
This year the Kent County ASA Open Water Championships are again being run in conjunction with London Swimming.
Kent swimmers just need to enter the London event on the London entry forms and then the results will be extracted from the London event and Kent medals presented on the day by Scott Walker President of Kent County ASA.
Kent County ASA Masters and Seniors Swimming Championships 2015 will be held at Medway Park, Mill Road, Gillingham on Sunday 28 June 2015. As we are affiliated to the ASA 7Oaks Tri members are invited to enter.
Any members who are interested in entering should contact David Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org